Government set to slug international education providers (again)

With the TEQSA cost recovery legislation through parliament international education providers might think government is done making tough times tougher. They should think again

There are new charges coming for institutions on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. They are to recover costs incurred by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (separate from TEQSA and ASQA costs).

It’s all explained (just not very clearly) in a DESE draft implementation statement, released (just not very loudly) last week.

It follows two prior consultation rounds which did not attract a lot of attention, with one in January-February attracting 11 submissions and a second in May six.

But there’s a chance now for providers to comment, until August 23.

“Considering the international borders are still unlikely to be opened and the fact that the industry is already on its knees, this is policy gone mad,” is one from a Learned Reader.